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Reflecting on Your Values During a Time of Crisis

Remembering what drives you as a teacher, your “why,” is critical for weathering tough times.

Published: September 30, 2020
Topics: Overcoming Challenges, Vision and Culture
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Advocacy and Education Policies of Tomorrow

What possible futures does Anne Olson see in education policy, and what advocacy strategies can take us there? See her...

Published: September 28, 2020
Topics: Education Policy, Future of Learning
Article
Collectively Striving for a More Perfect Union

In response to the “patriotic education" Executive Order, we stress understanding our history, good and bad, to create a just,...

Published: September 24, 2020
Topics: Education Policy, Systems Change
Article
Centering the Student to Decolonize Curriculum

How can educators engage systemically marginalized children? One solution is student voice.

Published: September 22, 2020
Topics: Education Equity
Article
Now Is the Time for Futures Thinking

Education is the place to dive in together with futurists' tools to think about problems and solutions at a deeper,...

Published: September 17, 2020
Topics: Future of Learning
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Indeed, Kansans Can: Innovation in the Wake of COVID-19

How Kansas is building on years of supporting innovation in education policy during COVID-19.

Published: September 8, 2020
Topics: Education Policy
Article
Standards, Assessments, Access: How the Pandemic Provides an Opportunity for More Equitable Education

What do we want for schools? We can take advantage of the opportunity to rethink teaching and learning by exploring...

Published: September 4, 2020
Topics: Education Equity
Video
Observing Interconnections: A Futures Thinking Now Conversation

One of the Futures Studies tools everyone can use to analyze issues at the systems level is a Connection Circle....

Published: September 2, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning, Systems Change
Article
Scaling Student-Centered Practices in New Hampshire

See how one state is scaling student-centered learning with Work-Study Practices in some resources at Student Centered Learning Research Collaborative.

Published: August 31, 2020
Topics: Building Capacity, Impact and Improvement
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Words Matter: How Utah is Updating Education Policy to Signal the Future of Learning in the State

How can a simple change of phrase lead to a change in accountability systems? See how Utah implemented changes, all...

Published: August 27, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
Success Story
Resilience and Maturity: One Graduate Navigates Life with Skills Learned

One graduate reflects on the skills learned during her internship and outlined in district’s Portrait of a Graduate. Big takeaway?...

Published: August 25, 2020
Topics: Higher Education
Video
Communicating the Future: A Futures Thinking Now Conversation

Katherine Prince and Jason Swanson chat about the tools and resources needed to frame and prepare for change and why...

Published: August 19, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning
Article
10 Drivers of Engagement You Can Use Right Now

Research confirms that most students tend to respond positively to these 10 core drivers of engagement.

Article
Using Personalized, Competency-Based Learning to Address System Disruptions

How can schools improve the high school to post-secondary transition during a pandemic? ECS released six briefs to help conceptualize.

Published: August 14, 2020
Topics: Education Policy
Publication
Remaking Tomorrow Explores a Just, Learner-Centered Future for Education in the Greater Pittsburgh Region

In partnership with Remake Learning, KnowledgeWorks presents Remaking Tomorrow: Learning in a Post-Pandemic Future.

Published: August 10, 2020
Topics: Future of Learning
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Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: Teacher Preparation

What has COVID-19 taught us about how to build an adaptable and effective educator workforce?

Published: August 10, 2020
Topics: Education Policy
Publication
Education Futures: Balancing the Familiar and the Unknown

A publication aiming to help strategic foresight practitioners and organizations considering investing in Futures Studies

Published: August 5, 2020
Topics: Future of Learning
Article
Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: Social-Emotional Needs

COVID-19 elevated the importance of social-emotional learning. Now how do we center it in our education systems?

Published: August 4, 2020
Topics: Education Policy, Social Emotional Learning
Article
Mental Models and Transformation from the Inside Out

We must transform our mental models in order to transform education systems.

Published: July 29, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
Article
Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: Accountability

Did COVID-19 create an accountability pause or a reset? Lillian Pace explores traditional accountability methods and what will need to...

Published: July 28, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
Video
Facing Uncertainty: A Futures Thinking Now Conversation

How does the future of learning look when faced with uncertainties presented by COVID-19? Katie King and Anne Olson discuss.

Published: July 23, 2020
Topics: 101, Future of Learning, Overcoming Challenges
Article
Exploring the Federal Implications of COVID-19: K-12 Assessments

Are annual accountability assessments a thing of the past?

Published: July 21, 2020
Topics: Assessment and Accountability, Education Policy
Article
Systems Thinking and the Work of Transformation

The urgent need for systems thinking and transformation cannot be understated right now.

Published: July 20, 2020
Topics: Systems Change
Article
Moving Beyond Waivers: Kentucky’s Story

Kentucky is taking a thoughtful approach to address the connection between seat-time and funding.

Published: July 15, 2020
Topics: Education Policy